Neil DeGrasse Tyson Lambasted for Mass Shooting Perspective Tweet

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson was widely criticized on Twitter for attempting to be a voice of reason in the emotionally charged chaos following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.

On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…

500 to Medical errors

300 to the Flu

250 to Suicide

200 to Car Accidents

40 to Homicide via Handgun

Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data”, Tyson wrote on Twitter, Sunday afternoon.

Many social justice warriors didn’t take too kindly to the scientist’s apparent attempt to provide reasoned perspective while Americans mourn last weekend’s tragedies.

Several people also took issue with Tyson’s words, saying he was cold and insensitive given the subject matter.

None of these responses seem very different in nature from that of many of the 2020 Democratic candidates who are already politicizing the shootings in an attempt to garner more support for stricter gun control laws in America.

It certainly seems that many in this country have an addiction to outrage, and the shootings in Dayton and El Paso are just the latest fix.

It appears Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be the latest victim of America’s addiction.

In spite of the horrible reality of the shootings, perhaps we allow our emotions to govern our actions a bit too much when these things happen.

If the reactions to Tyson’s tweet do anything, it certainly seems to point out the complete irrationality of those who demand social justice in the wake of a tragedy.

It seems they have denounced all reason.

As Thomas Paine once said,

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”


photo credit: Tiffany Vaughn

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